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first_imgairlinesTravel BanTrumpUS Visa Royal Jordanian Airlines is again turning President Trump’s hardline travel ban to its advantage, posting a sale promo on Twitter offering discounted fares to a number of US cities, with the hashtags ‪#DonaldTrump‪ #MuslimBan.In November last year the airline first took a cheeky swipe at then-candidate Trump’s campaign promises, creating a clever and catchy promo focused on Trump’s proposed clampdown on Muslims travelling to the US:“Just in case he wins …travel to the US while you’re still allowed to!”A prescient promotion from the airline, as it transpires!The new promo plays on the original, following the legal ban on the travel ban, saying:“Fly to the US with RJ now that you’re allowed to”The promo also features an alteration to the word ‘Ban’ – changing it to ‘Bon’ and adding ‘Voyage!’last_img read more


August 12, 2019 0

Agents from Flight Centre Escape Travel and Infin

first_imgAgents from Flight Centre, Escape Travel and Infinity Holidays recently experienced the entertainment capital of the world – Los Angeles – and found themselves at the 2017 American Music Awards (AMAs) with the Hollywood VIP treatment in the bargain!At the Microsoft Theatre in Downtown LA, the AMAs included performances by superstars Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, K-Pop super group BTS and many more. The theatre is a part of the exciting L.A. LIVE sports and entertainment precinct that is home to the L.A. Clippers, Lakers and L.A. Kings. To finish off their visit to the City of Angels, the group indulged in sunset cocktails on the rooftop of Hotel Erwin Venice Beach, offering a glimpse of L.A.’s stunning 75-mile coastline. Facilitated by Discover Los Angeles and Qantas, the four day famil also gave the agents the opportunity to vist Warner Bros. Studio and Universal Studios in Hollywood, and to stay at the newly refurbished Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. They also enjoyed some retail therapy at the revamped USD$9 billion Westfield Century City.center_img agentsDiscover Los Angelesfamillast_img read more


August 12, 2019 0

Bookings are now open for Norwegian Encores inaug

first_imgBookings are now open for Norwegian Encore’s inaugural 2019 season cruising out of Miami every Sunday, and sailing seven-day voyages to the Eastern Caribbean, beginning with her first journey on 17 November, 2019 through 12 April, 2020.Norwegian Encore’s Eastern Caribbean cruises will feature some of the region’s most popular destinations including San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and the exotic, beautiful isle of Tortola, British Virgin Islands. “Our decision to have the inaugural season of Norwegian Encore cruise the Caribbean reinforces our long-standing relationship with this region and strengthens our support to some of the most beautiful islands in the world,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We are excited to reveal the ship’s new features and amenities over the next few months, and look forward to continuing to offer our guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ultimate cruise holiday aboard our newest ship.”IMAGE: San Juan, Puerto Rio CaribbeancruiseNCLlast_img read more


August 12, 2019 0

oneworld launched a new platform for linking up to

first_imgoneworld launched a new platform for linking up to the world’s premier airline alliance yesterday, announcing that the first airline to join as a oneworld connect partner will be Fiji Airways.oneworld connect is the first new membership platform unveiled by oneworld since the alliance was originally announced 20 years ago, and each oneworld connect partner will need to have a minimum of three oneworld members as its sponsors to be initiated into the program. The initial oneworld sponsors of Fiji Airways will be all four of oneworld’s original founding members – American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Qantas. The Australian carrier will additionally mentor Fiji Airways through its oneworld connect implementation process. A date will be announced in due course for Fiji Airways to offer oneworld connect services and benefits.American Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qantas already codeshare and have frequent flyer links with Fiji Airways. British Airways and Fiji Airways are currently discussing areas for potential bilateral cooperation.oneworld connect partners will provide select alliance benefits to frequent flyers from any oneworld member airline travelling on their flights, with a more extensive range of benefits offered with their oneworld sponsors.Customers with Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby status in any oneworld member airline’s frequent flyer programme will be able to use priority check-in desks, where available. Also, customers with Emerald or Sapphire status will be offered priority boarding.Fiji Airways CEO Andre Viljoen stated: “Fiji Airways is thrilled and honoured to be the first oneworld connect partner globally. We are delighted to link Fiji, and the South Pacific to the world’s premier airline alliance and deepening our relationships in particular with Qantas, American Airlines, British Airways and Cathay Pacific. This important step for our airline enables us to offer more services and benefits to our own customers along with the others in the oneworld family, to achieve a greater presence for our airline internationally and to build on the in-bound tourism that is so vital to our home nation and our region.”Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: “As a oneworld founding member, it is great to see the alliance evolve to bring additional benefits to more customers and expand its joint network. We’ve worked closely with Fiji Airways for many years and are pleased to serve as its mentor as it comes on board as the first oneworld connect partner.” airlinesfiji airwaysOneWorldoneworld connectlast_img read more


August 12, 2019 0

Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute ri

first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation There is a good chance that Orton has no idea about his future in Denver considering his own coach indecision about who will be starting at quarterback.Denver Broncos head coach John Fox continues to stand by his statement that his team will have a “wide-open competition” at quarterback.Fox also said that he has no idea who the starting quarterback will be and that he would like to see all three in practice.Orton’s role appears to be unclear not only in Denver, but across the league. Throughout the lockout he has been mentioned as a possible trade piece for almost every team in search of a signal caller.It is certainly possible Fox is not completely revealing his hand to the media or that Orton has an idea of what his future in the Mile High city will be. That or maybe Orton just didn’t like the size of the house he renting and wanted to find something that more fit his style. We’re not sure but thanks to the lockout fans are so football hungry that even real estate news involving players has become headline worthy. Kyle Orton is on the move.While Orton has not been traded — yet –, neighbors say he moved out of the house he was leasing in Denver which could mean one of two things.Either Orton believes he will be the starting quarterback in Denver and he is looking for a new permanent home or he thinks he will be traded so he decided to get rid of his home.While it is fun to speculate on and analyze minute details of athlete’s lives, it is quite possible the media is putting a lot more thought into this move than Orton.center_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more


August 11, 2019 0

Saturday August 2 200430 PM Fan Fest

first_imgSaturday, August 22:00-4:30 PM (Fan Fest) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Friday, August 222:00-4:30 PM Monday, July 282:00-4:30 PM Thursday, August 142:00-4:30 PM Created with the HTML Table Generator Tuesday, August 122:00-4:30 PM DateTime Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Monday, August 182:00-4:30 PM Saturday, July 262:00-4:30 PM Tuesday, July 292:00-4:30 PM Wednesday, August 132:00-4:30 PMcenter_img Thursday, August 72:00-4:30 PM Just as is it was last year, training camp will be held at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Admission and parking will be free to the public. Wednesday, August 62:00-4:30 PM The dates and times for the 2014 Arizona Cardinals training camp have been announced. Players will report to camp on July 25, with the first practice being held the following day. A total of 18 practices will be open to the public, with all being scheduled to run from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.The practices are broken up by preseason games, which are Aug. 9 (vs. Houston), Aug. 16 (at Minnesota) and Aug. 24 (vs. Cincinnati). Thursday, August 212:00-4:30 PM Sunday, July 272:00-4:30 PM Wednesday, July 302:00-4:30 PM Monday, August 112:00-4:30 PM Top Stories Tuesday, August 52:00-4:30 PM Wednesday, August 202:00-4:30 PM Friday, August 12:00-4:30 PM The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more


August 11, 2019 0

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Comments   Share   center_img I’m told #Houston LB Elandon Roberts has (or had) workouts with the #Texans and #Steelers and has a visit lined up with the #Cardinals.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 31, 2016The 6-foot, 235-pound Roberts led FBS last season with 88 solo tackles and added another 54 assisted stops for a total of 142 tackles. He also notched 19 tackles for loss, six sacks and one interception. According to his NFL.com draft profile, Roberts is a leader on the field who makes most of his tackles near the line of scrimmage. However, the site notes he struggles to cover in space and has poor ball skills.BOTTOM LINEHis head coach calls Roberts one of the best leaders he’s ever been around and raves about his work ethic and passion for the game. Despite his athletic limitations, Roberts posted outstanding tackle production and was a commanding presence in the box, but his lack of speed and athletic ability create a paper thin margin for error in the NFL that could be tough for Roberts to overcome.The Cardinals are currently slated to have six picks in this year’s draft. They own the 29th overall selection in the first round, along with a third-round pick, one fourth-round choice, two fifth-round picks and one in the sixth. The Arizona Cardinals will take a closer look at one of this draft’s linebackers. Temple wide receiver Romond Deloatch, center, flips over Houston safety Trevon Stewart, left, as linebacker Elandon Roberts (44) moves in on the tackle during the second half of the American Athletic Conference championship football game, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, in Houston. Houston won 24-13. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)last_img read more


August 11, 2019 0

Go back to the enewsletter Responding to growing d

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterResponding to growing demand from passengers flying between Australia and South America, Latin American airline LATAM Airlines Group has announced it will increase the number of non-stop flights between Melbourne and Santiago, Chile from the current three-weekly to five.LATAM launched the route on 6 October 2017, and is the only non-stop connection between Melbourne and Santiago, significantly reducing travel times between the two cities.“LATAM is committed to providing unrivalled connectivity to, from and within Latin America so that more people have the opportunity to experience the unique destinations our region has to offer,” said Roberto Alvo, Chief Commercial Officer, LATAM Airlines Group. “With two extra weekly flights, we expect to transport an additional 50,000 passengers per year between the two cities.”According to current schedules, Flight LA804 will depart Melbourne at 2010 on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, arriving in Santiago at 7.05pm the same day, with a flight time of 12 hours 55 minutes.The return flight, LA805, will depart Santiago at 12.45pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, arriving in Melbourne at 5.30pm the following day, with a journey time of 14 hours 45 minutes.*Melbourne Airport’s Chief of Aviation welcomed the capacity boost saying, “Since LATAM’s entry into the Melbourne market, the number of passengers travelling between Melbourne and Santiago has grown significantly, demonstrating the positive impact the airline’s service has had on tourism and education”.In addition to its Santiago-Melbourne service, LATAM also operates seven flights per week from Sydney to Santiago (via Auckland). Both flights are operated by state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 aircraft, offering 30 seats in Premium Business and 274 seats in Economy.See www.latam.com.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more


August 11, 2019 0

Go back to the enewsletter On Wednesday 10 April

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterOn Wednesday [10 April 2019], over 100 travel agents and trade partners gathered at ‘View by Sydney’ to discover a different side of Europe. ‘See Europe Differently’ was the theme of the glamorous Soiree put together by Entire Travel Group in partnership with Atout France, Monaco Tourism Board, Switzerland Tourism, Le Boat and Rail Europe.Agents were first invited to explore Entire Travel Group European brands via a marketplace where they were able to taste Swiss cheese & wine, discover Monaco’s famous Orange Liqueur or sip some Italian bubbles with a Prosecco tasting. This was followed by a delicious European dinner during which agents were able to learn about new and different ways to Explore Europe through Q&As sessions with partners as well as Entire Travel Group’s Destination specialists.With potential trips including cruising through the canals of France on a Barge, exploring all of Switzerland with a Grand Train Tour, discovering the green side of Monaco, getting ready for the next Tour de France departing from Nice, self-drive boating at your own pace, or again ticking all the European cities with rail passes, there really is a holiday out there for everyone.Entire Travel Group’s CEO, Brad McDonnell reinforced the positioning and value of using a true specialist wholesaler and took the opportunity to thanks the agents for their support and commitment to Entire Travel Group. “Each of our brand is supported by our highly trained team offering firsthand knowledge of their specialist destination. Our passion and commitment to our destinations transpires in everything we do; we are here to create seamless itineraries and memorable experiences for your clients.”For more information on the Entire Travel Group family of brands, visit www.entiretravelgroup.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more


August 11, 2019 0

Related How to survive a holiday with your parents

first_img RelatedHow to survive a holiday with your parents10 tips on how to enjoy a family holiday without it becoming a nightmare!Is holidaying alone becoming more popular?Is holidaying alone becoming more popular?Flying with children: 25 top tips for keeping kids happy on boardIt’s summer, and time for the big annual summer holiday! If you’re flying with kids you might be worried about arriving in one piece. What if they act up, or spend the whole flight screaming? What if you land more frazzled than ready for fun? We could say “stuff ’em”… A recent survey by Skyscanner has revealed that a depressing 97% of parents say that they are no longer free to travel as they please due to the restrictions that travelling with children brings.The survey found that only a tiny minority 3% said travelling with children did not affect their holiday decision, with the expense of holidaying as a family cited as the main factor affecting holiday choices (28%).Of those surveyed, 15% of parents admitted that they were limited to short haul holidays to avoid an arduous long flight, 9% avoid anywhere too hot, 4% can’t go anywhere too exotic in case the children don’t like the food and a shocking (albeit small) 2% admitted that their kids call the shots when it comes to actually choosing where to go!With all these limitations and stresses that travelling with children brings it is perhaps unsurprising that a third of all parents admitted that they would actually find holidaying without their children more enjoyable. Additionally over half of parents said that to them a holiday meant a chance to relax and a break from the norm more so than “the chance to spend quality time with the family”.Further holiday stress is added by the fact that parents and children often have differing opinions on the dream holiday destination; although USA was the top choice for both parents and children and Australia was the third most popular choice for both, all the other top five destinations differed between the two groups.The top 5 dream destinations are:For parents1. USA2. Thailand3. Australia4. New Zealand5. Italy For children1. USA2. Spain3. Australia4. South Africa5. FranceThe difference in opinion extended to activities whilst on holiday, with half of all children choosing a day at a water park as their most enjoyable activity while only 12% of parents agreed. A day at the beach was the top choice for parents with 42% of the votes – a choice only favoured by 13% of children.Commenting on the findings, Skyscanner’s Mary Porter (a mother herself) said:“Whilst of course children bring a huge amount of pleasure to their parents, there can be moments where it can feel frustrating that you can no longer do as you please on holiday and choices don’t feel as though they are your own. Added to the fact that parents are on duty looking after their children, it is no wonder that many parents can yearn for some time off from the kids to completely relax.” She continued, “The key of course is to find a holiday which allows the parents some time off – choose a hotel with a babysitting service or kids’ club or opt to holiday with friends or family who might share some of the childcare responsibilities.”5 reasons why holidaying with kids is better!It’s not all bad news for parents. Here’s five reasons why holidaying with your young is better!1. You get to get on the plane first.2. A sunrise never looked as new and fresh as when with a young child.3. You have an excuse for not visiting that famous statue or important museum – ‘the kids will get bored’.4. You are more likely to talk to locals as they ruffle your kids hair and generally scare them.5. You have an excuse for not having a ‘beach body’ (although sadly, so does your partner).Want a fun family holiday? Read on:10 Summer Family Holiday IdeasBest Skiing Holidays for FamiliesTop Tips for Flying with ChildrenReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more


August 10, 2019 0

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 11 2018 5

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2018 5:52 am PDT Last Updated Jan 11, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Dec. 3, 2017, file photo, Derek Jeter, chief executive officer and part owner of the Miami Marlins and former New York Yankees player, sits court side as the Miami Heat played against the Golden State Warriors in an NBA basketball game, in Miami. The latest acquisition by Jeter’s publishing imprint: A memoir by Robert Scheer, founder of the foster youth charity Comfort Cases. Jeter Publishing told The Associated Press on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, that Sheer’s “A Forever Family” will come out in November. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper, File) Jeter imprint acquires book by Comfort Cases foundercenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest acquisition by Derek Jeter’s publishing imprint: A memoir by Robert Scheer, founder of the foster youth charity Comfort Cases.Jeter Publishing told The Associated Press on Thursday that Scheer’s “A Forever Family: One Man, One Backpack, A World of Difference” will come out in November. The book tells of Scheer’s years in foster care as a child, his struggles with depression and addiction, and his joy in having his own family. Scheer founded Comfort Cases in 2013 and has become a prominent advocate for children in foster care.Jeter, the former New York Yankees shortstop, said in a statement that the book was a story of “triumph and inspiration.” Jeter Publishing is distributed through Gallery Books, which is part of Simon & Schuster.last_img read more


August 10, 2019 0

In this Aug 30 2017 photo contestants attend a w

first_img In this Aug. 30, 2017 photo contestants attend a welcoming ceremony for the Miss America competition on the Atlantic City, N.J., Boardwalk. On Thursday, May 17, 2018, the Miss America Organization announced it has installed women in the organization’s three top leadership posts following an email scandal last winter involving male leaders. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Miss America Organization is putting women in its three top leadership positions following an email scandal involving former male leaders of the scholarship group.The organization tells The Associated Press it is appointing Regina Hopper as president and CEO of the Miss America Organization, and Marjorie Vincent-Tripp as chairwoman of the board of the Miss America Foundation.Coupled with Gretchen Carlson leading the Miss America Organization’s board of trustees, the group is moving on from the email scandal with women firmly in charge.“By putting female leadership in place, we hope to send a strong signal.” Hopper told the AP. “We want young women to see Miss America as a place where they can come and benefit and be empowered.”Hopper, a former Miss Arkansas, attorney and TV journalist, replaces Sam Haskell, whose emails about the intellect, appearance and sex lives of former Miss Americas led to his departure and a revamping of the group’s top leadership in December. She is a former correspondent for CBS News, where she won an Emmy for her work on the show “48 Hours.”The scandal began when the Huffington Post published leaked emails showing pageant officials ridiculing past Miss Americas, including crass and sometimes vulgar comments about them. The emails included one that used a vulgar term for female genitalia to refer to past Miss America winners, one that wished that a particular former Miss America had died and others that speculated about how many sex partners one former Miss America has had.Haskell declined to comment on the new leadership.Vincent-Tripp, who was Miss America 1991, formerly served on the Miss America Board of Trustees. She is an assistant attorney general in Florida, and formerly worked as a TV journalist. As chair of the Miss America Foundation, she is responsible for educating the public about the foundation’s values and building public support.Vincent-Tripp replaces Lanny Griffith, who along with MAO chair Lynn Weidner stepped down during the transition.Carlson, Miss America 1989, was named chairwoman of the Miss America board in January after the email scandal rocked the organization. Her sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes led to his departure.Hopper said she hopes young women will realize that Miss America is now being led by women who have been through the program and have been helped by it, and that they will seek the same benefits from it.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2018 6:09 am PDT Last Updated May 17, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Miss America taps women for leadership spotslast_img read more


August 10, 2019 0

FanDuel Group to launch online sports betting and

first_imgFanDuel Group to launch online sports betting and casino In this Saturday, July 14, 2018 photo a clerk hands a sports betting ticket to a gambler at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford N.J., minutes after it started accepting sports bets. FanDuel Group says it plans to offer sports betting for the track, and a full internet casino operation in time for the start of football season in September. Sports betting in New Jersey began last month, generating $16.4 million in bets during its first two weeks. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Jul 18, 2018 11:21 am PDT Last Updated Jul 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – FanDuel Group says it will launch online sports betting and an internet casino in New Jersey, hopefully in time for the start of football season.FanDuel, which is mostly owned by Ireland-based Paddy Power Betfair, will provide online sports betting with the license of the Meadowlands Racetrack, and internet gambling through its licensing affiliation with Atlantic City’s Golden Nugget casino.GAN and IGT will provide the technology platform for both.“Online sports betting ‘go-live’ preparations for FanDuel are well advanced and we remain confident in launching integrated sports betting alongside our existing internet casino later this year,” said Dermot Smurfit, GAN’s CEO.They are among many companies racing to get in on both of New Jersey’s growing gambling markets.Sports betting in New Jersey began last month, generating $16.4 million in bets during its first two weeks.Internet gambling has grown steadily in New Jersey since its November 2013 launch and provides about 10 per cent of the Atlantic City casinos’ revenue.So far, two casinos, the Borgata and the Ocean Resort, and two racetracks, the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park, offer sports betting.Ocean Resort’s internet gambling site had its first full day of operation on Tuesday, becoming New Jersey’s 27th licensed internet gambling site.But many others have applied for permission to offer sports betting as well, and all of them hoping to be up and running by the time the first NFL game kicks off in the first week of September.The Golden Nugget and Resorts have applied for in-person and mobile sports betting. Hard Rock is awaiting approval of its application, and the three casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment have applied for in-person betting, mobile betting or both. In-person betting would be held at Harrah’s and Bally’s (which also would service the adjacent Caesars casino), and the company would offer mobile sports betting aligned with all three of its Atlantic City casinos.Officials at the Tropicana did not immediately respond to a request for comment on their sports betting plans. The casino and its parent company are in the process of being sold to Eldorado Resorts.There are 14 potential sports betting licensees: the nine Atlantic City casinos, the three functioning racetracks (Monmouth Park in Oceanport, the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, and Freehold Raceway in Freehold), and two former track sites (Atlantic City Race Course in Mays Landing and the former Garden State Park site in Cherry Hill).Officials at Freehold’s parent company did not respond to a request for comment.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAClast_img read more


August 10, 2019 0

NHL goaltender Curtis Joseph announces his retirem

first_img NHL goaltender Curtis Joseph announces his retirement from the game in Toronto on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. Hockey fans remember Joseph as an acrobatic goaltender who spent 19 successful seasons in the NHL. But in his new autobiography “Cujo: The Untold Story Of My Life On And Off The Ice,” the man known as Cujo lifts the lid on a harsh childhood and the odds he beat in making it to hockey’s highest level. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn Curtis (Cujo) Joseph lifts the lid on troubled childhood in new autobiography TORONTO – Hockey fans remember Curtis Joseph as an acrobatic goaltender who spent 19 successful seasons in the NHL.But in his new autobiography “Cujo — The Untold Story Of My Life On And Off The Ice,” the man known as Cujo lifts the lid on a harsh childhood and the odds he beat making it to hockey’s highest level.“I had a weird life,” he writes. “Two moms, three dads and I grew up in a home full of mentally ill patients run by a crazy person. The last thing anybody expected was that I would some day make a living playing hockey.”Home was a “rehabilitation centre” north of Toronto. His mother, who adopted him as a baby, ran the place. An addict, she was unstable and left him to fend for himself.“By the time I was 10 years old, I was living on a steady diet of stale cookies, processed cheese slice sandwiches and frozen institutional hamburgers — God knows what they were made of,” he writes.His bed was a mattress on the floor. Finding a dry corner was difficult because his mother’s cats used it as a litter box.“Mom treated her animals better than she treated her kids,” he writes.Joseph, now 51, found a haven in hockey. And a string of warm-hearted adults — outside his home — helped him along the way. He progressed from youth hockey to the Notre Dame Hounds in Saskatchewan and the University of Wisconsin before entering the NHL.He has not publicly shared the story of his childhood before.“It was not something that I was really proud of. I was embarrassed of (it),” he said in an interview.But Joseph says wife Stephanie, whom he married six years ago, convinced him otherwise.“She’d squeeze things out of me … I’d learned to embrace it and then I’d tell her more. And then I’d use it as a teaching tool to my kids,” he said in an interview.Joseph, who played in the NHL from 1989 to 2009 for St. Louis, Edmonton, Toronto (twice), Detroit, Phoenix and Calgary, began to review his life as he grew older. He realized he had done better on teams that gave up a lot of shots.His wife told him: “You needed to be needed.”The next piece in the puzzle was Calgary author Kirstie McLellan Day, who had previously collaborated on books with Theo Fleury, Bob Probert, Wayne Gretzky, Kelly Hrudey and Ron MacLean. Joseph agreed to do the book after talking to McLellan Day, whom his wife had met at a Wayne Gretzky fantasy camp.In documenting his life, they reconnected with family and friends who helped fill in his story — often contributing pictures from his youth.Joseph now has the loving family he craved growing up. He has four kids from his first marriage and two from his second plus a nephew he is also raising. They range in age from four to 26.Today, Joseph divides his time between homes in suburban Toronto and Arizona and works as an ambassador for the Maple Leafs.“A nice cushy job,” Joseph, who remains a revered figure in Leaf Nation, said with a smile.He marvels at the athleticism and efficiency of today’s NHL goaltenders but laments the fact that today’s equipment — specifically the size of the goalie pads — has essentially taken goalies his size out of the game.“The game is not available to the guy under 6-2. And that’s a shame to me, being 5-11. You’re missing out on the Johnny Gaudreaus of the goalie world, I think,” he said referencing the five-foot-nine Calgary Flames winger.Frederik Andersen, the Leafs current No. 1 goaltender, stands six foot four.Joseph says he’s willing to share his on-ice knowledge if asked but doesn’t push it.“I always give the Leafs goalies my number. And sometimes they call me, sometimes they don’t.”Like golf, technological advances in hockey sticks have taken the shooting game to a new level, he argues. Not to mention improved fitness, training and other equipment.Joseph is enjoying the Maple Leafs’ current success.“Auston Matthews is a special player. I love Freddie Andersen as a goalie. And John Tavares, I’ve always liked him as a player — the way he plays the game, how bold and strong he is.”“With a guy like that, on the ice and in the dressing room, they’re in good hands for a while,” he added.Joseph himself looks as athletic as ever, his biceps bulging.“I try to (stay in shape) because life is good now and I don’t want to waste it. I want to enjoy it and live it a long time. I’ve got a lot to live for.”—“Cujo. The Untold Story Of My Life On And Off The Ice,” Curtis Joseph with Kirstie McLellan Day, HarperCollins, 329 pages, $33.99.Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twittercenter_img by Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 23, 2018 11:34 am PDT Last Updated Oct 23, 2018 at 12:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more


August 10, 2019 0

Director Jason Reitman attends a press conference

first_img Director Jason Reitman attends a press conference to promote the movie “The Front Runner” during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Collectively, Montreal-raised filmmaker Reitman, American journalist Matt Bai and one-time political operative Jay Carson half-jokingly refer to themselves the “three-headed monster of popular culture.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill The ‘three-headed monster’ behind Jason Reitman’s political biopic by Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 13, 2018 8:45 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — Collectively, Montreal-raised filmmaker Jason Reitman, American journalist Matt Bai and one-time political operative Jay Carson half-jokingly refer to themselves the “three-headed monster of popular culture.”But in an age when the lines between entertainment, journalism and politics have been blurred, perhaps there’s no more appropriate trio to bring the story where “The Front Runner” team says it all began to the big screen.“The Front Runner” serves as a cinematic tick-tock of the doomed 1988 U.S. presidential bid of former Colorado senator Gary Hart, who in a matter of weeks went from being the leading contender for the Democratic Party nomination, to becoming one of the first political casualties of the modern American sex scandal, according to the film’s reading of history, and the personal became political in a way that would alter American democracy.It was in that moment that a fuse was lit that burns straight to today, Carson said, and one could argue “exploded” a few years ago — and while he does not mention U.S. President Donald Trump by name, it’s not hard to infer what the source of the purported explosion might be.“I’m like anyone else alive today, I think. I look around and I wonder, ‘How the hell did we get here?’” director Reitman said in an interview with his co-screenwriters at the Toronto International Film Festival. “There was this thread that I wanted to pull on. It was a story that spoke to so many of the questions we seem to have right now about … what kind of flaws are we willing to put up with in a leader, and where does the line between public and private start and end?”In the movie, Hart, played by Australian actor Hugh Jackman, is an axe-throwing policy wonk whose steely demeanour only falters in the presence of comely young women. When his infidelity is clumsily uncovered by a group of reporters, Hart reacts to the scandal with righteous indignation how the violation of his private life fits into a broader deterioration of the public discourse.The film also shows the internal deliberations of newsroom veterans mourning the days when reporters had no place inside the bedrooms of politicians, while sensation-seeking upstarts drive media outlets into a journalistic arms race to hunt down lurid headlines.For Bai, who wrote the 2014 book on which “The Front Runner” based, conducting a journalistic autopsy of what the media missed in covering the Hart affair  — including his own profile on the then-retired senator in the early 2000s — forced him to confront uncomfortable truths about what information high-minded reporters would deem to be in the public interest versus the stories the public is interested in. “That was the moment, when for a lot of factors that made it inevitable, politics and entertainment in the U.S. collided. From that moment on, politicians became more like celebrities, and less like public servants,” said Bai, a national political columnist for Yahoo! News.“I think that collision manifests itself, in different ways, throughout all the decades that followed it, and of course, became self-evident to everybody in this moment, and I think that’s part of the searing relevance of this story.”Carson, who was press secretary for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign, is all too familiar with pressure on candidates to be both versed in the issues and charmed with the gift of charisma. In former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, he said, the electorate chose candidates with a proven record of governance and a prowess for public oration, but Carson fears the scales have now tipped too far in one direction with a former reality TV star occupying the Oval Office.“Look what we have today — pure entertainer, absolutely no idea how to do the job — the entertainer part becomes the most important part of the job in a way that it hadn’t before,” said Carson. This has given rise to a “broken system,” said Reitman, that punishes candidates who possess the many of the qualities one would traditionally associate with strong leadership — integrity, accountability, a mastery of the bureaucratic business of government — and instead rewards “shamelessness.”“In the current system, if you’re someone who experiences shame, you drop out of the race,” said Reitman. “If you’re someone who does not experience shame, not only do you stay in, but you succeed, you soar.”“The Front Runner” raises questions about whether a candidate’s sexual proclivities should factor into their viability for office, he said. But as a member of Hollywood, Reitman acknowledges that we’re in the midst of a “conflicted moment” in reckoning with the relationship between sex and abuses of power.“Sex, it’s white hot. It’s a subject that once it comes up, it’s very hard to talk about anything else,” said Reitman.“That makes it a very conflicted moment because there’s a very important conversation about sexuality that’s happening in 2018 … and at the same time, we have to remember that when we talk about sex, we’re not talking about other things.”Sitting around a coffee table in a swanky downtown Toronto hotel, it would be easy to caricature Reitman, Carson and Bai as members of the so-called elites that populist politicians like Trump often accuse of working to indoctrinate the masses with their liberal agenda.But it’s just that sort of divisive rhetoric that Reitman said “The Front Runner” is trying to interrogate and, away from the social media silos and screaming matches that dominate today’s politics, will hopefully inspire the same self-reflection among audience members that it has in the “three-headed monster” behind the film’s making.“We’re not coming with answers, we’re coming with questions, and it’s going to bounce differently off of every audience member,” said Reitman. “To have this story from 30 years ago, this prism through which we can actually have a conversation, and really challenge some of our thoughts … (instinctively), it felt right.”“The Front Runner” hits theatres in Toronto and Vancouver on Nov. 16, before opening in additional Canadian cities on Nov. 21.Adina Bresge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 21, 2019 6:13 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Exhibition celebrates legacy of patron of Detroit art museumcenter_img DETROIT — An upcoming exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts celebrates the legacy of late museum patron, benefactor and volunteer Margaret Herz Demant.The exhibition titled “Extraordinary Eye, Extraordinary Gift: The Legacy of Margaret Herz Demant ” opens Jan. 27 and runs through May 26 in the museum’s new acquisitions gallery. It celebrates her gift of artworks to the museum as well as her passion for African and modern Western art.This exhibition will include 35 works. The museum says Demant collected to help enhance the museum’s collection, purposefully purchasing art to fill in gaps. She joined the DIA in the early 1960s, becoming a member of its board, and displayed artworks at her home in the Detroit suburb of Huntington Woods.Demant died last year at the age of 92.The Associated Presslast_img read more


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by Jonathan Landrum Jr The Associated Press

first_img by Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2019 5:44 pm PDT Ariana Grande a no-show despite winning first Grammy Award LOS ANGELES — Ariana Grande won her first Grammy Award on Sunday, but the singer didn’t collect it after deciding to skip the ceremony following a public dispute with the show’s producer.Grande won the best pop vocal album trophy for “Sweetener,” beating Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. Grande was not in attendance at the pre-telecast ceremony, but she wrote on Twitter that her win was “wild and beautiful.”“I know I’m not there tonight,” she tweeted. “Trust, I tried and still truly wished it had worked.”Grande accused Grammy telecast executive producer Ken Ehrlich of lying about discussions with the superstar singer about performing at Sunday’s ceremony. Ehrlich told The Associated Press on Thursday that Grande had told producers that she didn’t have adequate time to prepare.“As it turned out, when we finally got to the point where we thought maybe it would work, she felt it was too late for her to pull something together for sure,” he said in an interview.But Grande fired back in a social media post that she “can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken.” She alleged her “creativity” and “self-expression” was “stifled,” adding, “I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more.”Grande has been featured on billboards promoting the show, airing live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Her song “God Is a Woman” was nominated for best pop solo performance, but she lost to Lady Gaga, who won for “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)”Without Grande, performers at the Grammys will include Cardi B, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga, Travis Scott, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Diana Ross, J Balvin, Camila Cabello, Brandi Carlile, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Little Big Town, Post Malone, Chloe x Halle and Dua Lipa.Grande released her new album, “Thank U, Next” on Friday.___Online: https://www.grammy.comJonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Presscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more


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by Tom Hays The Associated Press Posted May 1

first_img by Tom Hays, The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2019 2:12 pm PDT Former ‘sex slave’ of self-help guru testifies at his trial AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK — At meetings with self-help guru Keith Raniere, members of a secret society for female followers sometimes called “The Vow” would follow a protocol that drove home his standing as their “master,” one of the women testified Friday at Raniere’s sex-trafficking trial.Lauren Salzman told the jury she and the other women who were branded with Raniere’s initials “would be totally nude and sit on the floor below him.” He, on the other hand, would remain clothed as he spoke to them, she added.Prosecutors in federal court in Brooklyn used Salzman’s testimony to give jurors an inside look into a bizarre alternate universe they say Raniere created as head of NXIVM, the upstate New York group that offered expensive, multi-step educational programs but was also seen by many as a cult.Raniere has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of using his teachings to manipulate and exploit women as his “sex slaves.” His attorneys have insisted his interactions with the women, however unusual, were consensual.Salzman, 42, took the stand after pleading guilty in March for her role in the sorority of branded women who worshipped Raniere as their “master.” She was testifying as part of a plea deal in which she admitted to charges accusing her of making a lower-ranking member of the group stay inside a bedroom for two years as a form of discipline.On Friday, Salzman identified actress Allison Mack as a high-ranking member of the secret subgroup. Mack, best known for her role as the friend of a young Superman in the “Smallville” series, has pleaded guilty to participating in the collection of embarrassing material from followers — called “collateral” — that the group threatened to make public if they ever tried to defect.After the group was formed in 2017, Salzman and the other members would begin meetings, with Raniere absent, by taking nude group photos of themselves and sending them to him, Salzman said. They were instructed to make sure their brands were visible and that they had to “look happy,” she said.Salzman testified that any resistance to the orders of the leader known as “Vanguard” was considered an “ethical breach.” Begging for his forgiveness was seen as an opportunity for personal growth, she added.Asked how she felt about Raniere before becoming disillusioned, Salzman said, “I looked up to him. . I wanted to be like him.” She also said she yearned to have a baby with him.But Salzman also testified Raniere sought to control her by taking nude photos of her over her objections, giving her instructions on how to groom herself and convincing her to join threesomes with other women. He also nicknamed her “Forlorn” because she had trouble hiding her unhappiness.“There were lots of times I wanted to leave the relationship and someone would talk me out of it,” she said.The testimony came on a day when jurors were also shown receipts for thousands of dollars worth of sex toys that were ordered by a member of Rainere’s inner circle. The items included a full-size jail cell described by the seller as “a true piece of dungeon furniture.”Salzman is to resume testifying Monday.Tom Hays, The Associated Presslast_img read more


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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rapper Cardi B leaves Queens County Criminal Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Cardi B pleads not guilty to new charges in strip club brawl by The Associated Press Posted Jun 25, 2019 1:06 pm PDT NEW YORK — Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B has been arraigned on new felony charges in connection with a fight last year at a New York City strip club.The rapper was dressed in a dark blue pantsuit with her hair tinted blue. She pleaded not guilty in state court Tuesday to attempted assault and various lesser charges.Police say Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, and her entourage were at the club when she argued with a bartender.They say a fight broke out in which chairs, bottles and hookah pipes were thrown, causing minor injuries to the woman and another employee. The rapper rejected a plea deal earlier this year.Two other defendants in the case who allegedly participated in the brawl pleaded not guilty to similar charges.The Associated Presslast_img read more


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Thousands of teachers from Greece expected to apply for new Cyprus posts

first_imgThousands of teachers from Greece are expected to take the upcoming exams for places as teachers in Cypriot state schools, while one in four of those on the current waiting list system is Greek.According to the Greek daily Ethnos, between 12,000 and 13,000 Greek educators are already enrolled on the Cypriot Educational Service Commission’s waiting lists while many are preparing to take the first written exams, between September and December, as per the new teacher appointment system which will be based on merit. To-date teachers are appointed according to the waiting lists, with positions given to those on the top of them.The legislation passed last year provides that from September 2018 until August 31, 2027, 50 per cent of appointments will be made from the waiting lists and 50 per cent according to the new system. From September 2027, onward, all appointments will be made based on merit.The education ministry has already announced the material on which candidates will be tested. The new appointment system will take into consideration each candidate’s exam results, his or her university degree grade, additional academic qualifications, and teaching experience.Educators from all EU member states are entitled to apply as long as they speak Greek, thus gives an advantage to teachers from Greece. Ethnos reported that several private schools in Greece currently offer preparatory nine-week courses for the hopefuls at a charge of €2,500.Representatives of Greek teachers’ associations told Ethnos that many, especially young educators, look to Cyprus for job opportunities as there is high unemployment in Greece, while there is also a freeze on new appointments in state schools. The common language is one less barrier, they said.But higher salaries could also be an incentive as the minimum introductory salary of teachers in Cyprus is almost double that in Greece.According to a study by the European Education Information Network Eurydice on teachers’ salaries in Europe for 2015 and 2016, the annual introductory salary of teachers in Greece is €13,104 and the maximum salary is €24,938 after 36 years of experience. School heads earn between €16,474 and €29,138 depending on years of service.In Cyprus, the introductory salary is €23,885 and reaches the maximum basic statutory salary of €58,107 after 22 years of service.Primary school heads’ basic salaries are based on the A12 pay scale and annual increments, which translate to between €48,724 and €69,220. Secondary school heads are paid according to the A13 scale, between €57,694 and €71,359.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


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